Pitman High's girls water polo team had to rebuild last year, a fact that was reflected in the Pride's one-win season. Now, head coach Michaela Solario and her girls are back in the pool and eager to rise above last season's foundational toils as they eye the Bulldogs and the rest of the Central California Conference.
Hilmar High volleyball got out to a slow start against Los Banos High on Monday but quickly turned things around to beat the Tigers three games to one (20-25, 25-23, 25-23, and 25-18).
The Hilmar High boys soccer team was in control during the first half of the Yellowjackets' Trans Valley League home opener against Hughson High on Monday but was unable to finish off the Huskies. After jumping out to a 2-0 halftime lead, Hilmar allowed three second half goals as mistakes and miscues led to a 3-3 tie between the TVL foes.
Pitman High picked up where they left off last week, trouncing Modesto High 49-6 with a 405 yard offensive effort on Friday.
In the game of football talent can only take you so far. Turlock High learned that lesson first hand on Thursday when Enochs High rolled into town and racked up 300 yards of offense in a 42-21 victory over the Bulldogs (1-2).
Delhi High failed to reproduce its high octane rushing attack from a week ago against Riverbank High on Friday. The Hawks ran for only 131 rushing yards against a tough Bruins defense, a far cry from the more than 400 yards they produced last Friday. In the end Riverbank prevailed 28-7.
As a first year head coach you can either flourish or struggle. Some would say the first year path depends on a coach's ability to bring a team together and set a clear goal but the truth is the players and their will tend to be the determining factors.
The girls tennis team at Pitman High accomplished a stunning feat last year, winning more matches than all of the program's previous seasons combined. Things are different this year, however, as nine of last year's top players have moved on from Pitman as well as Jeff Hayes, the Pride's former head coach and tennis mainstay.
Ken Wynn has spent the past five years as an assistant for Turlock Christian High's volleyball team, helping guide the Eagles to a state appearance and numerous post-season appearances. This season Wynn continues his work on the court with TC but he does so with a different title preceding his name - head coach.
Turlock Christian High suffered through a long run last year, failing to win a single match in regular season play. The Eagles hope 2012 will produce a different narrative, one which includes victories and cements a foundation for future success.
For the last three seasons Delhi High's boys soccer team has done considerably well, finishing in the upper tier of the Southern Athletic League standings and earning post-season appearances. But as a wise man once said, "If you're not first you're last," and that's exactly how head coach Armando Salazar feels this season.
The volleyball team at Delhi High School faces many challenges each year in the Southern Athletic League. In terms of competition, Ripon Christian High poses the greatest test for the Lady Hawks but there are other obstacles that Delhi and third year head coach Adriana Nunez must overcome. Lack of height is certainly an important one but for Nunez the most difficult task has been instilling a sense of commitment and dedication in her team.
The year following a championship season can be hard for high school teams who must deal with losing team leaders while attempting to maintain consistency. But sometimes those worries don't exist; sometimes the tides align in a way that seems almost too perfect. Such is the case for this year's Turlock High girls golf team.
With five consecutive undefeated seasons and five consecutive Central California Conference Championships on display there's no questioning the success and ability of Turlock High's girls tennis program. As the 2012 season begins to heat up the only real question to ask is, "can they do it again?"
Pitman High steamrolled Chavez High on Friday, vanquishing the Titans 54-13 in the second game of the season.
Hilmar High's track team is, as it has been for some time, on the small side this year. Not physically, but in overall numbers. There are roughly 40 athletes filling the overall roster, most of whom are young, which has made the 2015 hunt for the Trans Valley League title a non-issue for the Yellowjackets.
Pitman sent eight athletes and Turlock High had six representatives competing alongside students from 75 high schools at the 40th annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday.